Santa Cruz County is one of the few places where a trail can begin in a redwood forest and end on the beach. Hiking trails wind past majestic old-growth redwoods and graceful waterfalls at Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Wilder Ranch State Park, and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, just to name a few. Santa Cruz County has 14 state parks in all, including Natural Bridges State Beach, Manresa State Beach and others. These gorgeous parks are just one of many ways to experience Santa Cruz County's natural beauty. Read more...
Access with tickets only Dec.15 - Mar 31: Naturalist-led tours venture into elephant seal breeding rookery Dec. 15 - Mar. 31. For reservations call 800.444.4445. April 1 - Nov 30, self-guided access by permit only (avail. at park). Seals present year-round.
Big Basin is California's oldest State Park, established in 1902. Home to the largest continuous stand of Ancient Coast Redwoods south of San Francisco, the park consists of Old Growth and recovering Redwood Forest. Elevations in the park vary from sea level to over 2,000 feet.
The park has over 80 miles of trails. The popular Skyline to the Sea Trail threads its way through the park along Waddell Creek to the beach. The park also has a surprising number of waterfalls, a wide variety of environments, many animals and lots of bird life.
Dogs are permitted in the campsites, picnic areas, and on paved roads only. They must be on a leash and attended at all times. Dogs ARE NOT permitted on any of the trails.
Welcome to Boulder Creek Parks page. We hope you will enjoy our Boulder Creek Recreation parks maintained and funded through the Boulder Creek Community and Recreation District. Please feel free to call with any questions, comments or concerns you may have. In case of emergency, make sure to call 9-1-1.
Two daily weekend trips are available to access Big Basin: Take route 35A from Metro Center at 8:30am, spend the day at Big Basin and bus back on Route 35 at 7:48pm or hike the trail down to Waddell Creek and connect to the Route 40 Davenport/North Coast Beach route bus back to Santa Cruz at 5:15pm. Cost is $2 one way.
Scotts Valley offers beautiful facilities including large parks with playgrounds, BBQ areas, athletic fields, a 49 arcre open space with hiking trails, community center, senior center, skate park, dog park and tennis courts.
Kayak tours & rentals daily, beginners welcome!
Across from beach & wharf, beautiful gardens.
Delicious desserts, pastries, salads, sandwiches & more
Stained glass windows & over-sized spas available.
From coastal courses to mountain peaks, find your path in Santa Cruz!